Dryad is a fragment of Centaur and Dryad (MMA 14.61) and is hollow in the back. Part of the centaur's right hand can be seen under the dryad's right breast. Her right arm is missing just below the shoulder and her legs have been truncated, the left one at midthigh and the right one below the knee. Dryad was bequeathed to the Metropolitan by the widow of former director Edward Robinson.
Marking: Foundry mark (back): R.B.W. [Roman Bronze Works]
Mrs. Edward Robinson, New York (until d. 1952; her bequest to MMA)
New York. National Arts Club. "Paul Manship Memorial Exhibition," May 10–24, 1966, unnumbered cat.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Paul Manship," June 11–September 1, 1991, not in catalogue.
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